Kansas Bow Buck 2014

By Adam Doby

Kansas bow buck

18 point northeast Kansas whitetail

I wanted to finally share the story of my 2014 18 point Kansas bow buck from last season that I was lucky enough to kill with my Mathews Z7 bow. It was one of my shortest hunts and most exciting.

Kansas Bow Buck

It was early November and I had been watching several nice bucks on my trail cameras and had been keeping an eye on one buck in particular, he was the biggest one I had on camera last season and a friend of mine named him “Stickers”. He was a main frame ten with split brows on the right and double brows on the left, and he had a bunch of kickers. He just had a ton of character. I had been feeding him and about 10 other bucks a special blend of minerals all spring and summer. Knowing I would probably be transferring to Kentucky at any time I had made the easy decision to take “Stickers” if I was lucky enough to see the big brute and be able to get a good shot at him. A friend of mine Brian who also had permission to hunt across the road from where I lived had called me one evening and asked me to go hunting the next morning and with a nice cold front coming in I knew all the conditions were perfect to hunt my portable stand I had hung behind my house in the location I was getting tons of trail camera pictures of Stickers.

northeast Kansas buck

Kansas Bow Buck Stickers in velvet.

The next morning I got up and showered and ate and got my gear and walked about 300 yards behind the house and made my way up the tree in my portable. I ran some deer out when I walked in and I thought I had messed up when they started blowing at me. I got set up and settled in. The temperature was in the low 40’s and the wind was light and out of the northwest and I was hoping to get a big Kansas bow buck. After it had just been daylight for a little while  I heard grunting coming from a nearby field. The leaves were still on the trees so I couldn’t see good, but I saw what I could tell was a huge bodied buck out in the field even though I couldn’t see his antlers. I got my grunt call and gave him three short but firm grunts, and it was on like donkey kong. I couldn’t see him after that but he made a huge splash through the creek coming straight towards me like he was on a string. When he got close all I could see was his nose to the ground and that big rack coming to me. I knew he was a shooter so I drew back and it was to thick to get a shot and he stopped right behind the tree I was in and I was only about ten feet from him. I had to let off my draw before he stopped behind the tree and when I did my arrow made a slight noise and he stopped, that’s when I started to get buck fever and I had to regain my composure.  I told myself he’s going to walk in a second and when he does draw back and ease to the left slowly and he will be in the clear. Sure enough he started walking and got in the clear about ten yards and stopped. When I went to put my pin on him there were two small trees in the kill zone but there was enough room to place a carbon arrow tipped with a 100 grain G5 Montec for a double lung shot. When I squeezed that trigger on my release the sound that arrow made was sweet and he walked about 50 yards and crashed. I had just taken my biggest buck ever and I was pumped. I started texting my buddies and telling them the news.18 point archery whitetail

I didn’t know it until later after checking a trail camera my buddy Brian had gone in to one of my stands across the road to hunt and trail cameras confirm Stickers was in the area when Brian walked in and he possibly gave him a little nudge in my direction. It was a quick hunt but one of the most exciting I had ever been on in 34 years of hunting. There isn’t anything that can compare to taking a monster whitetail with a bow.

2014 archery mountBow season is just around the corner, or at least I keep telling myself that. I haven’t posted in a long while due to a recent job transfer from Kansas to Kentucky. I sure am going to miss the awesome whitetail hunting in our backyard in Kansas, but I am excited to hunt a state I have never hunted before in Kentucky. And just a few minutes ago my wife called me to look out the window and there was a big beautiful doe feeding in the edge of the woods in our backyard here in Kentucky.


Top Ten Boone and Crockett Non Typical Bucks

By Adam Doby

top ten Boone and Crockett non typical bucksThe top ten Boone and Crockett non typical bucks are absolutely amazing and I wanted to share them with you here. Indiana and Kansas recently had a couple of 300″ bucks join the top ten(at this time they may be unofficial). I recently did a post “The Top Ten Boone and Crockett Typical Bucks” and I wanted to also do one on the top ten Boone and Crockett Non typical bucks. Hope you enjoy this unofficial list of the top ten Boone and Crockett non typical bucks.

Top Ten Boone and Crockett Non Typical Bucks

  1. Hunter: Picked Up Score: 333 7/8 Location: Missouri Year: 1981 Found in northern St Louis inside a fence along a road. A hunter saw him and told the game warden who got permission to retrieve it. Just an awesome buck.
  2. Hunter: Picked up(Hole in the Horn Buck) Score: 328 2/8 Location: Ohio Year: 1940 This huge buck was hit by a train and was acquired by sportswriter Dick Idol a few decades later and he had it scored and declared it was the new number one buck but it had to go before a panel of judges and due to a rules interpretation didn’t score as much as originally thought but still today comes in at number two and is a incredible deer. Check out this great video on The Hole in the Horn buck.
  3. (unofficial pending panel judging) Hunter: Picked Up Score: 312 1/8 Location: Northeast Kansas Year: 2013 Check out this video, this is the worlds first true 50 pointer and new Kansas state record. A hunter had trail camera pictures and sheds of this buck and when the trail camera pictures of him stopped he went looking because there was a bad outbreak of EHD reported in the area and sure enough he found him dead.
  4. Hunter: Tony W. Lovstuen Score: 307 5/8 Location: Iowa Year: 2003 Can you say largest whitetail ever taken by a hunter? Tony’s father actually got a shot at this buck in 2001 and grazed him. Trail camera pictures told them the buck was still alive and Tony was able to hunt a youth hunt in early 2003 and his dad put him on the buck and he shot him with his muzzle-loader and hit the deer back but was able to recover the buck the next day.
  5. Hunter: Tim Beck Score: 305 7/8 Location: Indiana Year: 2012 Tim usually takes two weeks off to hunt during the Indiana gun season. Opening day 2012 turned out to be his lucky day the buck followed a doe into a corn field and Tim shot him at around 50 yards. Just an amazing world-class trophy buck!
  6. Hunter: Jerry D. Bryant Score: 304 3/8 Location: Illinois Year: 2001 Jerry took this buck on a buddies farm with his crossbow which he hunted with due to an injury. The buck followed a doe in and he shot him at 15 yards.
  7. Hunter: Tony Fulton Score: 295 6/8 Location: Mississippi Year: 1995 Tony’s wife urged him to go hunting that day and he went to a small food plot he had planted behind his house and this buck followed a doe out and Tony shot him.
  8. Hunter: Scott R. Dexter Score: 295 3/8 Location: Illinois Year: 2004
  9. Hunter: Jonathan R. Schmucker Score: 295 3/8 Location: Ohio Year: 2006
  10. Hunter: Michael D. Beatty Score: 294 Location: Ohio Year: 2000

To see a great article on all these bucks and more complete with pictures click

Top Ten Boone and Crockett Typical Bucks

By Adam Doby

top ten Boone and Crockett typical bucksI was checking out the top ten Boone and Crockett typical bucks of all time and they are all just some amazing bucks. From the Milo Hanson buck to the John Breen buck they are all beautiful whitetail. I thought I would share the top ten Boone and Crockett typical bucks with you here.

The Top Ten Boone and Crockett Typical Bucks

  1. Milo N. Hanson buck Score: 213 5/8 Location: Saskatchewan Year: 1993 A school bus driver had told locals of a huge buck feeding in Milo Hansen’s alfalfa field.   Milo and several other hunters made a plan and had a hunter walk into a thicket of willows where the buck was seen to push the buck out and Milo was in the right place at the right time.  After 3 shots from Milo’s 308 Winchester the world record was down. Check out this video of an absolute giant The World’s Biggest Typical Whitetail Deer: The Milo Hanson Buck. You can listen to a great podcast interview with Milo Hanson on his incredible buck here Milo Hanson Interview | World Record Whitetail Buck.
  2.   James Jordan buck Score: 206 1/8 Location: Wisconsin Year: 1914 Jim Jordan took this amazing buck to the taxidermist only to have the taxidermist move and he didn’t find his buck until some 64 years later. Just a bizarre story on an amazing whitetail typical buck.

  1. Larry W. Gibson Score: 205 Location: Missouri Year: 1971 Larry shot this special brute at ten yards with his 308 and then sold the antlers for $200. He could have gotten way more for them if he had of waited.
  2. Melvin J. Johnson Score: 204 4/8  Location: Illinois Year: 1965
  3. Stephen Jansen Score: 204 2/8 Location: Alberta Year: 1967 Stephen Jansen didn’t really care for the buck he said it wasn’t perfectly balanced. Not sure how any deer hunter couldn’t like this awesome buck.
  4. Hubert Collins Score: 203 3/8 Location: Saskatchewan  Year: 2003
  5. Kevin S. Petrzilka Score: 202 6/8 Location: Nebraska Year: 2010
  6.  This buck is actually tied for #7 Bruce Ewen Score: 202 6/8 Location: Saskatchewan Year: 1992
  7. John A. Breen  Score: 202 Location: Minnesota Year: 1918 Check out this great video of the John Breen buck John Breen Buck – One of the Biggest Bucks in the World.
  8.  Wayne A. Bills Score: 201 4/8  Location: Iowa  Year: 1974 The Wayne A, Bills buck is the Iowa state record typical whitetail and is just a real brute. You can see a video of the huge typical here Wayne Bills Buck — Legendary Whitetails

Each one of these bucks are truly amazing and have a great story. You can see a great article here  The Top 40 Typical and Non-typical whitetail of All Time it has a picture of each of the top ten Boone and Crockett typical bucks and many others.

I wanted to show you an article and video of one of the most controversial bucks of all time that could have been the world record buck, the Johnny King buck which could have been the new number one typical whitetail ever but was declared by a controversial decision only to score 180″. You can read a great article on it here King Buck is Not Crowned New World Record and here is a video Johnny King Buck.